We make your entire experience as relaxing and easy as possible. While flying with Destination Balloon Rides you can expect the following.
Book Your Flight and Receive Confirmation
Arrive for Your Flight
On the morning of your flight, we will meet at the location listed in your confirmation email and load up into the chase vehicle with the balloon in tow. After deciding where to launch, based on the wind forecast and release of a Pibal (a helium-filled balloon to test the upper winds) you will head to that location. After the crew has unloaded the balloon basket, envelope and other necessary equipment, the inflation process will begin!
Ready the Balloon
Volunteers are appreciated to help hold the “throat” of the balloon open to fill with air blown into the envelope by the inflation fans. Please walk around and take lots of photos, touch the balloons and just enjoy the peace of the desert. When the envelope is filled with air, Shawn will light the burners that push hot air into the envelope causing it to rise and stand up. You will then be called to get into the basket using the step holes in the basket sides. This will all make sense when you actually see the basket! After pictures are taken of you and your party, you will be set free to ascend, floating off into the sky!
During the flight, you will see things from a whole new perspective, from a totally different view. You will enjoy the feeling of total peace, even if you think you are afraid of heights! There is really no way to describe this feeling other than to experience for yourself! No two inflations or flights are ever the same; you never know what wildlife you may see or how the clouds will be formed. It is something that truly never gets old!
Back to Earth
You will be in flight for 45 minutes to one hour and then land in the best possible spot to have a celebratory champagne or mimosa toast! Your ground crew has been working hard to pack everything back up while keeping an eye on you so they can be there when you land to bring you back to your vehicles. You will take with you memories and pictures of one of the most beautiful experiences of your life!